The list: 5 Scooby-Doo tidbits you didn’t know

July 10, 2018

The Postal Service will release its Scooby-Doo! stamp Saturday, July 14. To mark the occasion, here are five Scooby Snack-sized factoids.

1. Scooby-Doo has been around longer than USPS. The character debuted in 1969, a few years before the Post Office Department transitioned to USPS. Scooby has appeared in more than a dozen TV series, beginning with “Scooby-Doo, Where are You!” (1969-1970), along with direct-to-video animated films, live-action movies and comic books.

2. The Mystery Inc. members have last names. You probably grew up watching Scooby and his human pals, but did you know they all have surnames? It’s Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley and Shaggy Rogers.

3. Scooby has lots of famous friends. “The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries,” which aired from 1972-1974, featured celebrity guest stars like Dick Van Dyke, Don Knotts, Cass Elliott, Phyllis Diller, the Addams Family and the Three Stooges, among many others. The tradition continues: This year, Scooby joined forces with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki for a crossover episode of their hit series “Supernatural,” from Warner Bros. Television, on The CW. And in 2019, the new animated series “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” will feature renowned celebrity guest stars, including Sia, Halsey, Chris Paul, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jaleel White, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson and Mark Hamill, to name a few.

4. You can thank Frank Sinatra for Scooby’s name. The character was named after a scat-style phrase (“dooby-doo”) at the end of Sinatra’s song “Strangers in the Night.” More trivia about the first animated Scooby-Doo series: TV Guide recognizes “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” on its “Top 5 Greatest Cartoons of All Time!” list.

5. Scooby is a “doo-gooder.” The new stamp shows Scooby-Doo watering a blossoming plant in a flowerpot — a simple act that represents doing good in our everyday lives.

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